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  • Marlins @ Mets: 08/05 4:10 PM ET; SNY, FS-FL; WCBS, ESPN, WINZ

    GAME 111, HOME GAME 49

    Monday, 5th August
    4:10 PM ET
    Citi Field









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    Red-hot Mets Hope to Eclipse .500 in DH Against Marlins

    The New York Mets were closer in the standings to the Miami Marlins when they took the field in Miami for the first game after the All-Star break on July 12.

    A little more than three weeks later, the math is entirely different for the Mets, who will arrive home Monday afternoon as one of the hottest teams in baseball and with a chance to move over .500 during a doubleheader against the Marlins.

    The Mets are expected to start ace right-hander Jacob deGrom (6-7, 2.78 ERA) in the opener and rookie right-hander Walter Lockett (1-1,7.82 ERA) in the nightcap, which is scheduled to start 30 minutes after the first game is completed.

    The Marlins hadn't announced their starters as of Sunday evening, though right-handed prospect Robert Dugger was with the team Sunday and is expected to make his major league debut in one of the games.

    Both teams were on the road Sunday. The Mets earned their fourth straight series win by routing the Pittsburgh Pirates, 13-2, and the Marlins fell to the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-2.

    With the win, the Mets improved to a major league-best 15-6 since the All-Star Break, moved within one game of .500 at 55-56 and three games behind the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies in the race for the second wild card.

    There are still four teams between the Mets and the second wild card, and the run has been constructed almost entirely against subpar competition. The six teams New York has faced in the second half are 53-79 since the All-Star break. The last three opponents -- the Pirates, San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox -- are just 16-50 in the second half.

    Still, the Mets are in a far better position than when they exited the All-Star break seven games out of the wild card and trailing everyone in the NL except the Marlins, who were just six games behind New York.

    With a win in Monday's opener, the Mets would reach .500 for the first time since May 28, when they were 27-27. And with a sweep, New York would get over the break-even mark for the first time since it was 16-15 on May 2.

    "I think the biggest goal right now is getting back to .500," left-fielder J.D. Davis told reporters after he hit a mammoth homer in the first inning of Sunday's win. "I think it would be a huge thing, especially with the hole that we dug ourselves into."

    The Marlins' loss Sunday was their fourth in the last five games, and it may have cost them outfielder Cesar Puello, who left in the fourth inning due to a tight left hip flexor. After the game, manager Don Mattingly said Puello will probably be placed on the injured list.

    Puello said he had been battling soreness for several days.

    "I was trying to push myself to be in there, but I just couldn't hold it anymore," Puello told reporters.

    The Mets may also need to make an IL move Monday after second baseman Robinson Cano exited Sunday with a left hamstring strain after recording his third hit of the day in the fourth inning.

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      • The Marlins have doubled, tripled, and homered in each of their last three games, the third such streak in franchise history -- the others were in April 2007 and June-July 2003. No other team in MLB has done this in 2019, and the Brewers were the only team to do it last season.
      • Since the All-Star break, the New York Mets lead MLB in winning percentage (15-6, .714), ERA (2.91), and home runs allowed (18). Prior to the break, the Mets ranked 24th (40-50, .444), 21st (4.86), and t-13th (124) in these categories, respectively.
      • The Mets have won seven of their last eight at Citi Field against the Marlins, including a two-game sweep in May. The Mets have a +24 (40-16) run differential in these games and a 1.42 team ERA.
      • In four games since coming off the IL, Jon Berti has hit .353 (6/17) with a .941 OPS, and he's driven in a run in all three games in August, which have been his first three career games in the #2 lineup spot.
      • Robinson Cano has had four straight multi-hit games, during which he's scored seven runs and doubled four times. The only other National Leaguers with four doubles and seven runs over any four-game span this season are Justin Turner, Eugenio Suarez and Paul DeJong.
      • Jeff McNeil is currently MLB's batting leader, his .336 batting average slightly edging DJ LeMahieu (.335). He's homered in back-to-back games, the first time he's done that in his young career, and in his last game he scored four runs, the second Met to do so this season (Amed Rosario, July 17).

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          Top of 1:
          Marlins first. Berti singled to right. Berti stole second. I.Díaz grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to third baseman Frazier, Berti out. Cooper struck out. I.Díaz was called out on obstruction.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 1:
          Mets first. McNeil homered to right on the first pitch. Rosario flied out to right fielder Anderson. Conforto was hit by a pitch. Alonso struck out. Davis lined out to right fielder Anderson.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Top of 2:
          Marlins second. Anderson doubled to left. Castro doubled to center, Anderson scored. H.Ramírez grounded out, pitcher deGrom to first baseman Alonso. Brinson flied out to center fielder Lagares. Alfaro walked. Dugger lined out to right fielder Conforto.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 2:
          Mets second. Frazier grounded out, second baseman I.Díaz to first baseman Cooper. Nido struck out. Lagares walked on a full count. deGrom flied out to left fielder H.Ramírez.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 3:
          Marlins third. Berti doubled to left. I.Díaz popped out to third baseman Frazier. Cooper struck out. Anderson flied out to right fielder Conforto.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 3:
          Mets third. McNeil grounded out, second baseman I.Díaz to first baseman Cooper. Rosario homered to right on a 1-0 count. Conforto flied out to left fielder H.Ramírez. Alonso struck out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Top of 4:
          Marlins fourth. Castro struck out. H.Ramírez grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Brinson struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 4:
          Mets fourth. Davis walked on a full count. Frazier was hit by a pitch, Davis to second. Nido popped out to third baseman Castro. Lagares walked on a full count, Davis to third, Frazier to second. deGrom singled to center, Davis scored, Frazier scored, Lagares to second. McNeil lined into a double play, shortstop Berti to second baseman I.Díaz, Lagares out.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 1

          Top of 5:
          Marlins fifth. Alfaro struck out. Dugger flied out to center fielder Lagares. Berti struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 5:
          Mets fifth. Rosario hit an infield single to shortstop. Conforto walked on four pitches, Rosario to second. Alonso singled to center, Rosario scored, Conforto to second. On Dugger's wild pitch, Conforto to third, Alonso to second. Davis hit a sacrifice fly to right fielder Anderson, Conforto scored. Frazier lined out to left fielder H.Ramírez. Nido flied out to center fielder Brinson.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 2

          Top of 6:
          Marlins sixth. I.Díaz homered to right on a 1-2 count. Cooper grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher deGrom. Anderson popped out to second baseman McNeil. Castro flied out to right fielder Conforto.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 6:
          Mets sixth. Guerrero pitching. Lagares walked. deGrom struck out. McNeil safe at first on fielder's choice plus fielding error by first baseman Cooper, Lagares to second. Rosario struck out. Conforto grounded out, shortstop Berti to first baseman Cooper.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 7:
          Marlins seventh. H.Ramírez struck out. Brinson grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Alfaro struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 7:
          Mets seventh. H.Ramírez in as center fielder. Wei-Yin pitching. Granderson in as left fielder. Alonso struck out. Davis lined out to pitcher Wei-Yin. Frazier walked. Nido grounded out, first baseman Cooper unassisted.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 8:
          Marlins eighth. J.Wilson pitching. Prado pinch-hitting for Granderson. Prado singled to right. Rivera pinch-running for Prado. Berti grounded into fielder's choice, pitcher J.Wilson to shortstop Rosario, Rivera out. I.Díaz struck out. Cooper struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 8:
          Mets eighth. Berti in as center fielder. H.Ramírez in as left fielder. Rivera in as shortstop. Lagares struck out. Altherr pinch-hitting for J.Wilson. Altherr fouled out to right fielder Anderson. McNeil singled to left. Rosario struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 9:
          Marlins ninth. Díaz pitching. Altherr in as left fielder. Anderson was hit by a pitch. Castro grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman McNeil to shortstop Rosario, Anderson out. H.Ramírez struck out. Rojas pinch-hitting for Wei-Yin. Rojas walked on four pitches, Castro to second. Alfaro struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

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            Mets Beat Marlins 6-2, Reach .500 for First Time Since May

            by RONALD BLUM

            -- Back at .500 for the first time since late May, the New York Mets hope this spurt is just a start.

            "It's exciting," Jacob deGrom said after pitching the Mets over the Miami Marlins 6-2 in the opener of a Monday's twi-night doubleheader. "We still got work to do."

            Jeff McNeil welcomed Robert Dugger to the major leagues with a home run on his first pitch, Amed Rosario broke a 1-1 tie with a third-inning homer and deGrom gave himself a three-run cushion with a two-run single off the 24-year-old rookie.

            New York was 40-51 after losing its first game of second half but is 16-5 since, winning 10 of its last 11. The Mets trailed by eight games for the second NL wild card before play on July 25 but started the doubleheader just three games back.

            "We know we're far from our goal," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "We have to continue to climb and climb and climb, and scratch and claw."

            DeGrom (7-7) struck out eight in seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner retired 15 of his last 16 batters, his only mistake when Isan Diaz homered in the sixth inning of his big league debut for his first hit.

            Walker Lockett (1-1) was brought up to start the second game for the Mets, who have not been above .500 since they were 16-15 before play on May 3. Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (4-10) pitched a two-hit shutout against New York on May 19.

            Mets second baseman Robinson Cano went back on the injured list, a day after straining his left hamstring in a game at Pittsburgh. New York did not have a prognosis for the 36-year-old, who was limited to one game between May 22 and June 16 because of a strained left quadriceps. He is hitting .252 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs, including nine hits in his last 15 at-bats.

            Dugger (0-1), brought up despite a 9.34 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A, gave up six runs, five hits and four walks in five innings, striking out three, hitting two batters and throwing a wild pitch. He became the first starting pitcher to give up a home run on the first pitch of his debut since New York Yankees rookie Derek Jeter - the Marlins current CEO - went deep off the California Angels' Jason Dickson on Aug 21, 1996, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

            "I think the walks pretty much got him in trouble," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

            Diaz, a 23-year-old second baseman, was among the four prospects acquired from Milwaukee in January 2018 for outfielder Christian Yelich. Diaz homered on a 1-2 fastball leading off the sixth, a 422-foot drive to right that was part of a 1-for-4 game.

            A contingent of family and friends of the debutantes cheered from the seats behind third base,

            Another prospect obtained from the Brewers, 25-year-old outfielder Lewis Brinson, rejoined the Marlins and went 0 for 3. Brinson was demoted to Triple-A New Orleans on April 30 after starting the season with a .197 average, no homers and four RBIs.

            To make from for Diaz at second, Starlin Castro was moved to third for the first time since rookie ball in 2008. Rookie Jon Berti switched from third to shortstop, where he had played just 11 innings previously in the big leagues.

            McNeil homered for the third straight day - nine of his 14 home runs this season have come on the first pitch. He leads the majors in batting.

            Miami tied the score when Brian Anderson and Castro doubled on the first two pitches of the second, but Rosario but the Mets ahead with his first Citi Field homer since June 6. DeGrom singled in the fourth for his first two-RBI game since May 2017.

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Marlins: OF Cesar Puello (strained left hip flexor) and 1B Neil Walker (sprained right index finger) were put on the 10-day IL. RHP Ryne Stanek, acquired last Wednesday from Tampa Bay, was activated. He had not pitched since July 19 due to right hip soreness. RHP Kyle Keller was optioned to New Orleans.

            Mets: New York did not have a prognosis for Cano, who was limited to one game between May 22 and June 16 because of a strained left quadriceps. INF infielder Luis Guillorme was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.

            UP NEXT

            Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (8-6) makes his second start following the trade deadline, pitching Tuesday against Marlins RHP Jordan Yamamoto (2-4) - also part of the Yelich trade.

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